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Make the Road Nevada is a non-profit organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada who along with community members advocate for seven main pillars: immigration justice, economic justice, housing justice, environmental justice, health equity, youth justice and civic engagement.  

Our mission is centered around our working-class immigrant community’s needs to achieve

dignity and justice. We fight for our community through organizing, transformative education, policy innovation, empowering, mobilizing and providing resources. 

After the horrific mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert at the Mandalay Bay on October 17th, 2017, MRNV identified dozens of undocumented immigrants who had been working the event who were turned away from receiving the support other citizens in attendance received. 

As one of our very first acts as an organization, we worked closely with these survivors to ensure they received the help needed to heal physically, mentally and emotionally. This group became our first cohort of member leaders and went on to set our initial priorities. 

Make the Road Nevada has a reach of over 11,000 members in our state. Our membership spans generations and represents countries across the globe. We universally welcome the LGBTIQ+ community, immigrants from all nations regardless of status, and allies in non-marginalized communities. 

Supported by our organizing staff, our members lead our campaign committees and develop campaign plans to bring necessary change into their communities; we at Make the Road Nevada believe change is a collaborative effort between member leaders, members, and staff. 

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If you have any questions about Make the Road Nevada or would like to get involved, please email us at amigxs@maketheroadnv.org, or contact one of our organizers through our website. 

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This week, Make the Road Nevada celebrated National Latino Conservation Week by partnering with organizations: Chispa, Somos Votantes, the Fifth Sun Project, and more in Las Vegas to get our community to work together and shine a spotlight on conservation.

Latino Conservation Week is an initiative that was created back in 2014 by the Hispanic Access Foundation. Over the years, this has become an inspiring movement to encourage the Latinx community to go outdoors and participate in activities that help our madre tierra. 

This year, we participated in events to engage the community with the outdoors—including their local parks. 

On July 21st, Chispa Nevada organizers, MRNV, and staff hosted “Semillas Con Chispa,” a gardening 101 workshop where people were able to come learn about gardening while conserving water. 

We also partnered with Somos Votantes, the Fifth Sun Project, and other organizations on July 23rd to host a park clean up at Lewis Family Park in East Las Vegas.  

“I encourage everyone to continue celebrating Latino Conservation daily and continue striving to conserve our madre tierra’s natural resources,” said our Environmental Justice Organizer, Jose “Josie” Rivera. 

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For more information about our efforts during Latino Conservation Week, the EROS project, and more, please contact Rivera at jose.rivera@maketheroadnv.org today!

 

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We are immensely ashamed of the Supreme Court of the United States’ (SCOTUS) decision to overturn Roe v Wade—half a century of precedent that protected a woman’s right to abortion. This a direct attack on people with uteruses—and a direct attack on low-income Black and BIPOC comunidades like ours. 

“[It’s] unconscionable and will fall hardest on Black and Brown people and immigrants who already face racial disparities in our healthcare system,” shared Make the Road Pennsylvania’s Director, Maegan Llerena in a Make the Road States statement.

In Nevada, abortion is still legal. Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued an executive order to bolster abortion protections for out-of-state patients.. This protects providers, prevents agencies from participating in out-of-state investigations, and prevents extradition requests. Nevada law allows abortion up to 24 weeks—or if the patient’s health is at risk. 

Moving forward, we want to be a haven of resources and support. We will be working with Make the Road States and our Nevadan community to ensure our members stay informed, starting with an Instagram Live conversation hosted by us and Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada: 

On Thursday, June 30th our Youth Justice Organizer, Kathia Sotelo Calderon and our Economic Justice Organizer, Abe Lugo will speak with MRNV youth leaders on SCOTUS’ decision and its impact on their reproductive rights and futures. 

“We need young people across the country now more than ever to become civically engaged and push out a generation that no longer serves our communities and its diverse populations,” said Lugo. “The goal of [the Instagram live conversation]  is to highlight what that can look like, how we can support these efforts, and to truly understand what the decision means to the entirety of the nation.”

The 30-minute conversation will begin at 5:00pm (PST) and is open to the public. Please join us. 

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If you would like to donate to the Wild West Access Fund of Nevada,  please visit: https://www.wildwestfund.org/donate/ 

If you would like to volunteer with Planned Parenthood, please visit: 

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The results are in and the Make the Road Nevada familia couldn’t be happier with the voter turnout at this year’s Primary election. After weeks of strategic planning between staff, members, and volunteers, we have now wrapped up the election season with success. 

Over the course of several months, MRNV provided the community with many voting-related resources to ensure everyone was not only informed on how to vote and why it’s important—but what are their rights while doing it, too. This year, our focus was to engage voters who are traditionally marginalized and excluded, which includes the Latinx, immigrant and multi-racial communities. 

From May 31st to Election Day (June 14th), MRNV and volunteers took to the streets to canvas, going door-to-door to increase voter engagement. We spoke with many folks and provided them with informative literature, building relationships in these diverse communities. At the end of our efforts, we accomplished 3,888 successful door knocks and 4,515 attempts. 

Aside from canvassing, MRNV and volunteers also phone banked. We provided information such as voting laws/rights, same day voter registration, and polling locations. The phone banking team made 22,953 phone calls and 53,7444 text messages. Way to go, familia! 

With such success, we look forward to continuing our efforts and gaining positive wins for our community this coming November!

 

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As we slowly begin to inch our way towards this season’s local elections, your familia at Make the Road Nevada wants to provide you with all of the information regarding how to prepare for the primaries, how to register to vote and more. 

We have partnered with three organizations: the American Civil Liberties Union, Silver State Voices and All Voting is Local, who have provided us with more detailed information to make this process easier for you. 

“Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and democracy truly works when everyone has access to the ballot box,”  said Sadmira Ramic, an American Civil Liberties Union staff attorney. “It is a fundamental right for a reason—without it, our country, states and communities would not be representative of its citizens. At times it might seem like one individual’s vote does not matter, but that could not be further from the truth.” 

It’s important that before you cast your ballot, you are informed of your rights, what the process will look like and who the candidates of this critical election are. Individuals should research political and social issues as well as the candidates and their work before making a decision.

Over the years there have been a series of election bills passed to make it easier for all Nevadans to access the ballot boxes. There are several steps to take to ensure that you and anyone else who qualifies, can vote in this year’s election, where and how. The first step: register to vote. 

How to Register to Vote

Voters can register to vote online using the Nevada Secretary of State’s website: https://www.nvsos.gov/SOSVoterServices/start.aspx

Here you can also update or cancel any existing voter registration. If you prefer not to register online, you can also register to vote by filling out a mail-in voter registration form and mailing it to the county clerk/register provided here: https://www.nvsos.gov/SOSVoterRegForm/home.aspx

Three Ways to Vote:

  1. Vote by Mail-In Ballot
  2. Vote Early 
  3. Go to a Vote Center on Election Day

What Do I Need to Register to Vote Online?

A current and valid Driver’s License or an Identification Card issued by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

If you are unable to provide either of these, you must register in person with your county election office or mail in a paper application. 

What Do I Need in Person to Register Same-Day?

  • Current and Valid Nevada Driver’s License
  • Proof of Residency
  • A Nevada DMV “Interim Document”

Where Can I Vote?

Clark County: 

Primary Early Voting Centers: Early Voting Schedule: Saturday, May 28th through Friday, June 10th

* Hours Vary Depending on Location

Here is a list of all voting centers in Clark County:

https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/home/showpublisheddocument/10516/637872644357300000

Other Important Dates in Clark County: 

Wednesday, May 25th: Deadline for the Start of Mailing of In-State Ballots

  • Must be ready to distribute no later than 20 days before election for in-state voters.

Saturday, May 28th through Friday June 10th: Early Voting

  • Anyone registered to vote in Clark County can vote at any early voting site in the county.

Tuesday, May 31st: Last Day to Opt-In Again to Vote by Mail

Saturday, June 14th: Election Day

Washoe County:

Primary Early Voting Centers: Early Voting Schedule

Saturday, May 28th through Friday, June 10th. 

All Locations 10:00am to 6:00pm 

Here is a list of all voting centers in Washoe County: https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/home/showpublisheddocument/10550/637879634585070000

Important Dates Washoe County

Wednesday, May 18th through Tuesday, June 14th: Online Only Extended Standard Registration

  • Register to vote or update existing registration online.

Wednesday, May 25th: Deadline for the Start of Mailing of In-State ballots

  • Must be ready to distribute no later than 20 days before election for in-state voters.

Saturday, May 28th through Friday, June 10th: Early Voting

  • Anyone registered to vote in Washoe County can vote at any early voting site in the county.

Wednesday, June 1st through Friday, June 10th: In Person/Online & Same Day Registration

  • Register to vote in-person at any early voting site on Election Day

Saturday, June 14th: Election Day

If You Face Any Voting Issues Before or On Election Day, Please Contact These Hotlines: 

  1. 1-866-OUR-VOTE (English) 
  2. 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (Spanish)

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To register through Make the Road Nevada, please visit our office at 4250 E Bonanza Rd Suite 14 & 20, Las Vegas, NV 89110. Please also feel free to contact our Jessica Padrón, our Civic Engagement Director (jessica.padron@maketheroadnv.org) or our Democracy Specialist, Alexander Guerrero-Torres (alex.guerrero@maketheroadnv.org) if you have any questions or would like additional information. 

 

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On Sunday, May 1st, Make the Road Nevada, CHISPA, the Culinary Union Local 226, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, members, and allies marched down the Las Vegas strip for immigrant workers, union labor, and for a pathway to citizenship. 

The member-led march accumulated about 100 attendees who started at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino’s fountains. We made our way through the influx of tourists and passersby in ‘Immigrants Are Essential’ shirts. Attendees also carried posters that read “Nothing Less Than Citizenship,” and “President Biden, Keep Your Promise,” in our beaming yellow and blue.

Our Immigration Justice Organizer, Rico Ocampo led the group alongside chant leaders: our Environmental Justice Organizer, Jose Rivera and our member leader, Edgardo. Collectively chanting: 

El pueblo unido, Jamas sera vencido The people united, Will never be defeated

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What do we want?, Citizenship When do we want it?, Now! Que Queremos? , Ciudadanía Cuando?, Ahora!

And more. As we finally approached the New York-New York Hotel & Casino’s Statue of Liberty, we circled around the statue as our MCs, Economic Justice Organizer, Abe Lugo and member leader, Fary took the mic to introduce the evening’s speakers. 

“In today’s program, you will hear the stories of workers, children of immigrants, and people directly affected by immigration policy,” said Lugo. 

 

Lugo and Fary welcomed Medinah Yusufzai, a first-generation Afghan American daughter of two Afghan refugees who escaped Afghanistan during the Soviet Union invasion and immigrated to the United States. They also welcomed Febe Rodriguez, a Culinary Union Local 226 member who was once undocumented by now uses her citizenship status to advocate for union labor laws and advocate by those directly impacted by immigration injustices. More speakers shared their stories, as well. 

Thank you to all those who attended the May Day and made this happen. A huge thank you to CHISPA, the Culinary Union Local 226, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and your members.  

Thank you to Artkore for printing our materials, including our shirts, posters, banners, and flyers. 

And special thank you to each and everyone of our members for this powerful, member-led march. 

 

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We’re ending the month and beginning another with a bang at Make the Road Nevada. Starting on April 25th, we will be hosting our Blitz at the MRNV office, inviting staff and members for leadership and development training. 

The week-long event, which will end April 30th, will include a combination of classroom workshops and real field experience; these efforts will create confident and stronger community leaders in Nevada as we embark on the upcoming elections.

Training and workshops will be led by MRNV staff, ranging from our communications and civic engagement sectors to our organization sectors. Some of the topics that will be discussed include but are not limited to: housing, climate, fair scheduling and worker protections, immigration reform, and education. 

We are then continuing the momentum with our May Day march on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, May 1st. 

MRNV, the immigrant community, and allies will come together to celebrate immigrant workers and union labor—and to demand President Biden to deliver permanent relief for the millions  undocumented immigrants who call the United States home.

“May Day serves as a reminder that immigrant labor is one of the many ways immigrant communities contribute to this nation,” said Rico Ocampo, our Immigrant Justice organizer. “It’s important for families across the nation to march so their power and perseverance can be visible.” 

Please join MRNV on May Day at 6:00pm in front of the Bellagio fountains; we will be marching to the New York-New York Hotel & Casino’s Statue of Liberty. If you have any questions, please contact our Immigrant Justice organizer, Rico Ocampo at rico.ocampo@maketheroadnv.org

 

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As the Primary election season approaches, Make the Road Nevada wants to ensure you’re registered and informed so your voice is heard. Before you go to the polls, keep reading to learn how MRNV is getting the community registered and ready, and learn more about the primaries, your voting rights, and key dates to write on your calendar today.

This spring, we’re expanding our voting registration efforts in various locations across East Las Vegas, including local businesses, high schools, and Latinx neighborhoods. 

“By touching on several hemispheres of social life, our organization strives to ensure that the entire community of East Las Vegas has access to the information constituents need to feel empowered, knowledgeable, and confident to vote,” said Alex Guerrero, Make the Road Nevada’s Democracy Specialist. “Understanding the crucial role that voting plays in each individual’s life is the only way to most effectively project our voices as a pueblo.”

Key Dates: 

Early voting begins on May 28th, 2022 to June 10th, 2022, and the official Primary election date is June 14th, 2022. 

Primary Basics 

What Are They, Anyway? 

The primaries are the elections that allow political parties to determine the candidate who will go onto later elections to represent them. Nevada is a closed primary state, which means only party-registered voters may vote. 

“Due to the low voting turnout during primaries, it is indispensable that our community exercise its right to vote in order to choose leaders that will best understand, acknowledge, and act on the issues that ceaselessly concern Latinx and working-class communities,” said Guerrero. 

 Can I Vote? 

Before you vote in the —it’s important to know who can vote in the state of Nevada.

  1. You must be a United States Citizen 
  2. Be a resident of the United States for 30 days prior to the election 
  3. Be 18 years old—or turning 18 by the election 
  4. Not have been declared “non-compos mentis” or “mentally incompetent” by a court of law
  5. Have not been convicted of a felony—or have, but have had your rights restored. (Nevada does remove voting rights for people with felony convictions. The right to vote is automatically restored upon release from prison.)

How Do I Register? 

You can register to vote in person—through as, as well—or by person. You must register at least 28 days before the election. Want to register online? You must be registered by the Thursday before the election you wish to vote in.

Know Your Voting Rights and Make Your Vote Count 

Stay in Line: If you’re in line but the polls are closing, stay in line! You still have the right to vote.

Create a Voting Plan: Make sure you find a location near you, and make sure to review their hours beforehand.

If You’re Not On the List at the Polls: You may cast a provisional ballot, which is verified by election officials and counted after it’s clear you’re qualified and registered to vote.

Mail-in Ballots: Registered voters will be sent a mail ballot. mailing will begin no later than 20 days before Election Day for in-state voters; no later than 40-45 days for out-of-state voters. No mail ballot packet by early voting? Call the Election Department at (702) 455-VOTE (8683) or email MailBallotRequest@ClarkCountyNV.gov

Do You Feel Targeted at Your Polling Place? There are laws protecting your decision to share who you voted for. You have the protected right to a private vote if you don’t feel safe. It is a federal crime to intimidate, threaten, or coerce anyone into voting for a particular candidate. To report intimidation at the polls, call The Election Protection Hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE or

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español).

Oh, no! Made A Mistake? That’s okay! Simply ask a polling place worker for a new ballot.

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To register through Make the Road Nevada, please visit our office at 4250 E Bonanza Rd Suite 14 & 20, Las Vegas, NV 89110. Please also feel free to contact our Democracy Specialist, Alexander Guerrero-Torres (alex.guerrero@maketheroadnv.org) if you have any questions or would like additional information.

 

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Make the Road Nevada’s Youth Power Project is demanding clean water from the Clark County School District through their newest campaign, Water Access For All

Youth Justice Organizer, Kathia Sotelo-Calderon and YPP members are fighting for equitable access to clean water, highlighting the risks of water-related health concerns; some of these risks include diarrhea, dysentery, and hepatitis A. According to their latest statement, with poor water quality, attendance and student health are at high risk of decline.

“As a student, it frustrates and scares me that millions of youth in the United States are impacted by lead poisoning,” said high school student and YPP fellow, Mia Albright. “Lower income regions are disproportionately impacted, as well. We deserve better.”

In effort to uplift their message, the YPP dedicated their Art in Action Night on March 22nd, 2022 to Water Access For All and World Water Day, encouraging students to raise clean water awareness through painting. Their efforts don’t stop there, though—they’re taking Water Access For All on a more musical scale next month.

On April 1st, 2022, the YPP will be attending singer-songwriter Billie Eilish’s Las Vegas concert to spread awareness and recruit potential YPP members. The youth group will be handing out pledge cards and stickers in honor of their Water Access For All campaign.

Want to learn more about the importance of clean water in schools? Please visit https://www.yourethecure.org/water-access and contact our Youth Justice Organizer, Kathia Sotelo-Calderon today.

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Are you 14-21, living in Nevada? Do you care about the issues in your community? Do you want to make a difference? If so, join the Youth Power Project! Visit the following link today: bit.ly/artnightypp

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Catch the latest Youth Power Project updates by following them on @youthpowerprojectnv on Tiktok and Instagram, and on twitter @YPPNV!

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Between February 28th and March 3rd, Make the Road Nevada visited Washington D.C. to take part in two rallies and to speak with Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s and Representative Steven Horsford’s teams on immigration reform. Five MRNV members joined Rico Ocampo (Immigrant Justice Organizer), Itzel Hernandez (Health Equity Organizer), and Crystal Lugo (Digital Organizer) on the four-day trip, which began with the State of Our Lives rally on Monday. 

Hundreds united outside the White House on the eve of President Biden’s State of the Union Address, demanding Biden to keep his pre-presidential promises on immigration reform. Speakers across various organizations expressed their frustrations with the unkept promises—all feeling collectively cheated and disillusioned by the president.  The attendees urged the 46th president to grant citizenship to the 11 million undocumented people in the United States, and also demanded him to deliver solutions on healthcare and climate matters.

 

“Biden, shine light on those who have been forced into the shadows; shine light on our people and give us a permanent solution: citizenship,” shared MRNV member leader, Areli. 

“Biden, act on what we put you in office for,” shared Northern Nevada MRNV member leader, Edurne. 

On Wednesday, March 2nd, MRNV staff and members met with Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s team to discuss her stance on immigration reform and ask for her support. MRNV members, Jose, Ben, and Amparo shared their stories with the senator’s team for the first time. MRNV member and Nevada teacher, Ben joined MRNV in alliance after witnessing his undocumented students struggle internally and externally due to their undocumented status. 

“School is already stressful enough,” shared Ben with the senator’s team. “Being undocumented in this country adds unnecessary stress onto them.” 

MRNV member leader and DACA recipient, Jose shared his story with Cortez Masto’s team and explained his disappointment over not feeling fully accepted by the only country he has ever called home. 

“I’m tired of living a temporary life,” said Jose. “I’m not asking for a handout—all I’m asking for is a pathway to citizenship.” 

MRNV member, Amparo shared her story about being an undocumented mother of three, circled by limitations and little-to-no support from the United States due to her status. 

“I’m here in front of you expressing my stress,” shared Amparo. “I’m asking you to listen to us and put your hand on your hearts—be in community with us.”

On March 3rd, MRNV joined organizations outside the ICE building for the Communities Not Cages rally. The attendees chanted for change—calling Biden out on his adoption of Trump-era anti-immigration policies and demanding for ICE and CBP to be defunded, for detention centers to be shut down, for people to be freed, and for deportations to be stopped. 

MRNV safely returned to Nevada on Thursday night, bringing back new experiences and a stronger fight with them. Thank you for visiting, team! 

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Thank you, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s staff and Representative Steven Horsford’s staff, for speaking to our Nevada members and centering their voices.

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Missed our Washington D.C. trip? Check us out on our Twitter @maketheroadnv to view our Washington tweets, and visit our Instagram @maketheroadnv to view our Washington story highlight!

 

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